Behavioural Studies

Behavioural Studies at Monash explores human behaviour from social, cultural and psychological perspectives. We employ theory and hands-on research to answer important questions about why humans behave the way they do and to explore the societal issues that arise as a consequence.

Available only as a minor.

What is it?

As a graduate, you’ll walk away with skills and insights that complement employment in a wide range of careers, as well as prepare you for further studies in psychology, social work, education, health science and counselling. At Monash, Behavioural Studies students are taught and mentored by world-leading researchers in their respective fields.

How to Study

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Major: 8 units (48 points) taken over 3 years. This is the area of study you choose to specialise in.

Minor: 4 units (24 points) taken from an area of study that is different to your major.

You must complete 48 credit points (8 units) of your course before you are eligible to go on exchange. Usually this means waiting until your second or third year of study to go on exchange.

We consider you an international student if you are not:

  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or
  • an Australian permanent resident.

Note: We consider Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents as local students.

Find out more information on how to apply as an international student

An extended major made up of 12 units (96 points) taken over three years.

Student Opportunities

Study Overseas

We encourage you to expand your horizons during your time at Monash by studying at one of our partner universities overseas. An exchange is an ideal way to advance your skills and immerse yourself in the culture of the country where you are studying. You can choose to study abroad for either one semester or one year.

Exciting Career Prospects

Our graduates have developed insight into their own behaviour and motivations and those of others, making them socially savvy and interpersonally effective employees. They have entered a wide variety of careers in sectors such as:

  • defense
  • education
  • advertising, sales and marketing
  • policy (in business, government and non-government organisations)

Complementary Study Areas

There are a number of units offered by the University that complement Behavioural Studies and further enhance your degree. Study areas include psychology, business, management, marketing, advertising, health sciences, sociology, criminology, medicine, politics, economics, geography and education.